Bendigo On The Hop, will be held on the Saturday 26th of August, from 11am to 6pm. One of Australia's best craft beer festivals, it's spread over 10 venues, all within a 1km area though the historic main streets of beautiful Bendigo.
It celebrates some of the best independently owned Australian breweries with live music and local produce. Bendigo Beer is a small but passionate group of locals who started up in 2011 and believe in better beer. Bendigo Beer has helped promote a culture of preservative free, locally made craft beer which has seen the number of craft beer venues grow to over fifty in the last three years, in part due to the hard work and dedication from the team at Bendigo Beer.
The 2017 venues of the festival are Mr Beebes, The Exchange, Gallery Café, GPO, Handle Bar, The Hub, The Rifle Brigade Hotel, Rocks on Rosalind, The Castlemaine Beer Jeep at The Hub and The Farmers Arms at The Engine Room.
So how does the event work? Well, when purchasing your tickets, you will be required to select a starting venue. Your 20 sample tokens, souvenir glass and wristband will be waiting for you at your selected starting venue.
Once you collect your goodies, you are then free to proceed to any of the venues at your own pace. Your token lanyard will have 20 tasting tokens - one token per brewery.
Each venue will be hosting two breweries and each brewery will be bringing two beers. One beer will be a brew from their core range, the other a rare or unique beer. You will be able to choose between which of the two beers you would like to try with your sample token. If you would like to taste the other beer on offer, you can purchase a full pour in your special souvenir glass.
Tickets are $55 which includes booking fee, a souvenir glass from Craftd and 20 x 85ml taste token for all 20 breweries.
As a reminder, there should be no drinking in the streets between venues. Bendigo has a restriction on drinking in the CBD streets and you may be fined.
Following the festival, there will be an after party at Rocks on Rosalind. There will be live music, great food and of course - more beer. Entry is free for those with a Bendigo On The Hop wristband.
For more info, you can view the Survival Guide, with all the tips you'll need for a great day.
Bendigo on the Hop, supports the responsible service of alcohol and wants to ensure that everyone is responsible and that there is no drink driving. They would like to advise the following for getting home from the festival safely.
Taxi – Bendigo Taxis can be contacted on 131 008.
Train – If you are arriving from Melbourne, then VLine trains to Bendigo from Southern Cross Station run every hour on Saturdays. If you select the Handle Bar as your starting venue then you are only 350 meters from the Bendigo Station.
Bus – The Bendigo public bus services has several routes into the CBD, for timetable and route information view the timetables here.
Parking – If you are driving into the festival there is street and off street parking around the CBD.
Why not make a weekend of it if you're coming from out of town? Bendigo Tourism has a range of accommodation options available close to the festival location. Head to www.bendigotourism.com to book your accommodation and information about all the things to see and do in historical Bendigo.